Sunday, March 22, 2020

Local man allowed to sing outside love's assisted living home window

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by Julie Loncich 

A Massachusetts man who was initially told he could not serenade the love of his life through her window at a South Boston assisted living home was allowed to strum his tune of love Thursday.

Ed Oliver Bohld's longtime girlfriend, Mary Lou, has been living at the Compass on the Bay assisted living facility for five years.

He visits her daily and on Wednesday decided to do something special. He rode his bike with a guitar in tow and planned to serenade her outside her window.

Bohld claims his first request to sing to Mary Lou through her window was flatly denied, even though he did not ask to have her window opened.

"I said: 'No, I don’t expect you to open the window. I have a manly voice. I can be heard through the glass,'" Bohld said.

Massachusetts officials have imposed new rules for visitors at hospitals and nursing homes amid the coronavirus outbreak, which include a no-visitor policy inside the facility.

In a statement, Compass on the Bay said Bohld insisted the window be opened and that they denied his request in order to abide by the state's restrictions.

On Thursday, Bohld was welcomed to sing to Mary Lou through the window. Under an umbrella, he sang "You Are My Sunshine," before tearfully telling her he loved and missed her.

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